Date: 11th July 2019 at 5:35am
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Arsenal may have gone a couple of months without a competitive fixture – but spare a thought for , who has been on the treatment table since January.

The defender has not featured for The Gunners since seriously injuring his knee against Chelsea in their 2-0 win last winter, in which he claimed an assist for Alexandre Lacazette’s opener – as his place in the side was taken by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Bellerin has clearly been making progress as he nears a first-team return – and it seems a fair amount of Gunners are delighted at the full-back’s improvement.

Posting a Twitter update of himself running in the gym for the first time since his injury, Bellerin’s post was met with mass encouragement from the Arsenal support.

According to The Guardian, Bellerin is thought to be returning to the Arsenal fold ahead of schedule, with the Spaniard said to be targeting a September return despite an expected nine-month lay-off.

And fans are continuing to urge the right-back towards a full recovery as supporters offered Bellerin messages backing the Spain to come back stronger than ever in the new season: